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unveil their final tax plan this morning but one senator still on the fence. could trump's big tax cut go down in defeat? >> president trump making a call to the kremlin just hours after putin said the press is dreaming up reports of contract between the trump campaign and russia. what the two leaders discussed on the phone. >> north korea addressing the u.n. for the first time in a decade this morning. the stunning prediction from one u.s. senator on how the conflict with north korea will play out. good morning and welcome to "early start." you never like to hear odds on nuclear war. "star wars" is open. 5:00 a.m. in the east. start with talk and taxes. in a matter of hours republicans plan to unveil the final version of the tax bill emphasis on plan to because there's no uncertainty as senator marco rubio says he may vote against the bill unless the child tax credit is made more generous,
adding to the uncertainty. two senators dealing with health issues. now, remember, senate republicans have a razor thin majority, can't afford to lose more than two votes. >> vice president pence post poened his planned trip to the middle east in case he needs to cast a tie breaking vote. but president trump remains optimistic promising americans the greatest tax cut in u.s. history. listen. i think we will get there. it will be in a very short period of time. it will be the greatest christmas present in a allot of people have ever received. >> for the latest on the tax debate. let's bring in cnn's phil mattingly on capitol hill. >> reporter: for republican leaders, today is the day they said they will release the full tax overhaul plan, the final bill they plan on voting on. here's one problem. they don't necessarily have the
votes and late in thursday night they were still working on hammering out the details of that bill. one of the big moments that occ occurr occurred, senator marco rubio saying he was a no. his issue, the child tax credit. in the bill boosted from $1,000 to $2,000. but senator rubio's point, he wants it to be more refundable, basically adding more to people in terms of what they would get beyond their income tax liability. the big problem with that at least according to senate leaders is it's expensive. i'm told they're trying to address the concerns. will they give the senator everything? no. but something. something that republican leaders think will be enough to ge get him in line. as one republican senator told me, do you really think senator rubio wants to sink this once in a generation opportunity, at least from the republican perspective. democrat the still unified in
opposition, complaining about the process, policy, saying in the wake of the alabama senate upset everybody should wait until senator elect joness is seated. expect them to move very quickly next week. i'm told still the time line stands. they want the tax bill done through both chambers of congress and on the president's desk by wednesday. >> and last jeddy terms that is light speed. joining us in new york for the first time senior political correspondent, cohost. good morning to you. >> welcome. >> you had a lot of coffee to get you to the hour. let's talk about this tax bill. marco rubio wants more than the $1100 tax credit.
i think mike lee with them. will republicans give into that or call his bluff? >> well, republicans have indicated they are hopeful they can get senator rubio on board but as you were 2340noting, the margins are thin. we don't know what senator rubio's going to do or senator lee. we don't know wh senator mccain is going to be in a position to vote. taken together, there is a lot of pressure to come to an agreement because they feel they must get this done. >> let's talk more broadly about political will. there's an unpopular president. we've got midterm elections coming. i realize republicans need a legislative win at this point. but what about the optics of this? >> sure. well, for the moment, there's a lot of concern about the republican base, at least for these republican lawmakers. they go into this feeling enormous pressure from the base
to get something done, even putting aside some of the broader political dynamics. but look, these are lawmakers who have promised for years to repeal and replace obamacare. and you also hear from a lot of donors, this they really want to see them deliver on tax reform because this is the party that controls all of washington. >> that's why you wonder if they'll call rubio's bluff here. 46 years old, certainly wants to run again. this is a once in an opportunity to get it. the optics of this tweet, though, are bad for republicans because rubio tweets tax negotiators didn't have much trouble finding a way to lower the top tax bracket and start the corporate tax cut a year early adding at least a few hundr hundred billion. you've found money for the top
earners and not find money for low and middle income families. if they don't give him money, how bad are the optics of that, regardless of what the bill does? >> marco rubio has not been afraid to go there. after the 2016 presidential election, when donald trump won, the message a lot of republicans took away was we do need to sort of expand our economic messaging, and this actually seems to play into that a little bit. but at the same time there is a lot of pressure for them to reach some sort of agreement. you're hearing from some folks on capitol hill saying they think they're going to find some sort of common ground. >> they're going to have to do something. >> it's going to be an interesting day. >> let's talk about paul ryan, close friends of the congressman and house speaker saying, hmm, he's doing soul searching about his political career. white house saying different. the here's sarah sanders
yesterday. >> the president did speak to the speaker not too long ago, and made sure that the speaker knew very clearly in a no uncertain terms that if that news was true he was very unhappy with it. the speaker assured the president those were not accurate reports and they look forward to working together for a long time to come. >> okay. but, is this a situation where there's smoke, there's fire? look at republicans. they're bound to lose seats in midterm elections. >> absolutely. you're hearing increasing chatter about the future of speaker ryan on capitol hill. this is someone who he'll be the first to tell you. he never sought this job, never wanted it. this is someone who has a young family who talks a lot about wanting to spend more time with them. certainly denying these reports but at the same time you take a look at the possible time line here. there is a potential he could go out after delivering on tax reform. and of course all of this coming
at a time when the republican ti party dealing with all kinds of things. certainly not an easy job he has. >> certainly doesn't want to deal with these continued battle over sexual harassment. black farenthold, we'll talk about in h a minute. coming up, north korea's ambassador to the u.n. will be in new york this morning to address the u.n. security counsel for the first time in ten years, the meeting comes after a jaw dropping proedictio from senator lindsey graham giving odds president trump orders a strike against north korea. he also told the atlantic if pyongyang conducting another test, those chances jump to 70%. he says the topic of north korea kims up all the time when he
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welcome back to "early start." happy friday. >> happy friday to you. good morning. it's 30 minutes past the hour and in a matter of hours republicans plan to unveil the final version of their tax bill, emphasis on plan to because there is no uncertainty with it. . senator marco rubio said he may vote against the bill unless the child tax credit is more generous. adding to the uncertainty, two senators dealing with health issues. they can't afford to loose more than two votes. vice president pence postponing his plan to the middle east in case he needs to cast that tie breaking vote but president trump remains optimistic promising americans the greatest tax cut in u.s. history. >> i think we will get there. it will be in a very short period of time. it will be the greatest
christmas present that a lot of people have ever received. it will be something special. >> our gift to you this morning is phil mattingly on capitol hill. >>reporter: for republican leaders, today is the day they've said they will release the full tax overall plan they plan on voting on as soon as next week. one problem. they don't necessarily have the votes and late in thursday night were still working on hammering out the details. one the big moments, senator marco rubio saying he was a no on the deal struck by senate and house negotiators. the tax credit in the bill boosted from $1,000 to $2,000, but senator rubio's point, he wants it to be more refundable basical basically adding more to people what they would get. the big problem is it is expensive. however i'm told from several aides they've been working
behind the scenes to address those concerns, will they give the senator everything? no. but something. something that republican leaders think will be enough to get him in line. as one republican senator told me do you really think senator rubio wants to sink this once in a generation opportunity, at least from the republican expensive. democrats still unified in the opposition complaining about the process and saying in the wiek of alabama senate upset everybody should wait until senator elect doug jones is seated. that's not going to happen. should republican leaders finalize as they expect to and release the bill friday night, expect them to move quickly next week. im etold still, the time line stands. they want the tax bill done through both chambers and on the president's desk by wednesday. >> light speed. phil mattingly thanks. joining us senior political
correspondent. good morning, to you. >> good morning. >> so president trump says this will be a huge christmas gift for americans, but marco rubio gift wrapped what could be a huge gift to democrats in 2018 with the optic saying i need more for a child tax credit than $1100. he says you found money for the top earners going from 39 to 37. how can't you find money for lower and middle income americans. >> as phil was saying it looks like they have to give him something, find some sort of agreement with him, because was we were talking about earlier today, the margins are so thin. republican senate caucus cannot afford to lose many votes. we're already looking at a razor thin majority there. they've got to find common ground on this. this is the biggest priority for republicans now. >> while rubio said he's in -- it appears likely -- child tax
credit. >> you look at the optics of the tax plan itself. only 26% of americans actually favoring this tax plan. is this the kind of tax plan that's actually good for republicans, now, and in 2018 and beyond? >> they're certainly saying that's the case. of course democrats take a very different view. democrats are talking a lot about in their view it might hurt the middle class. of course republicans talking about all kinds of savings. what's important to remember is post 2016 campaign, a lot of republicans are looking to tap into this sort of more populous rhetoric that propelled president trump. >> what about those unintended consequences. some of these tax cuts wear off. is this really good for republicans when -- >> talking about the personal expire and corporate are permanent. >> exactly.
americans are going to start to realize this wasn't what i expected or was sold. >> there's certainly that risk depending on which group of voters we're looking at and how each individual group is affected by the various tax proposals being put forward. republicans at this point are very focussed on just being able to say we control every branch of washington. we are in fact able to deliver on major legislative achievements which is something they have not been able to say up to this point. >> still, at this point, looks likely which gives paul ryan once in a generation tax reform, something he has long, long seeked. but now, rumors that paul ryan could we tire in 2018 or just beyond the midterms. he says he ain't going nowhere. sara sanders saying no. there were numerous people off record who said yes. paul ryan has long considered retiring, wants to be with his family. what might force him into
earlier retirement in. >> we're hearing all kinds of chatter. there are a couple theories, he is someone who has said that he never sought this job of speaker, which is a really tough job in h any circumstance. >> was reluctant initially. >> absolutely. he had to be asked several times. this is someone who said this was not something that he aspired to. has this reputation, early on had given any indication where his focus was. of course this is someone with a young family, does talk genuinely about wanting to spend more time there. talking a lot about tax reform. if in is something that is able to get through, that has been a priority of his and that would allow him to go out on a high note. the really difficult job to corral now. >> see what happens. if if he's a minority leader come 2019 will he then want the
yo off-ramp. >> omarosa fired not just once, but now fired from the white house. here's what she had to say after firing. >> as the only african-american woman in this white house, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, i have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me and affected me deeply that has affected my community and my pipa people. when i can tell me story i know it is a profound story the world will want to hear. >> just for the record she says she resigned. what's the drama? >> a number of different ones at play. first controversy did she resign, let go or why. the white house thanks her for her service and suggested she was not fired. we're seeing other reporting that suggests otherwise. someone she's noted has known president trump for a long time
but came in more from that -- as opposed to someone coming up through chief of staff general kelly's apparatus. then, speaking of drama, she hinted she may have a lot of dramatic things to say coming soon. >> she was the only african making that maximum, $180,000. i think the tell-all back. thanks so much. north korea's ambassador to the u.n. will be in new york this morning to address the u.n. security counsel for the first time in 10 years. the meeting comes after a jaw dropping prediction wednesday from senator lindsay graham. capable of hitting the u.s. he told the atlantic that if
pyongyang conducts another nuclear test, the chances climb to 70%. graham says the topic of north korea comes up all the time when he plays golf with the president as he did on sunday. >> frequent golf partners donald trump calling vladimir putin. the white house says mr. trump thanked putin for acknowledging america's strong economic performance and also discussed working together on the crisis in north korea. earlier in the day, the russian president held his annual news conference for several hours and commented the trump administration for his quote fairly serious achievements, also called reports of contacts between russia and the trump campaign quote dreamed up. >> congressman blake farenthold announcing he will not run for reelection. already investigating
allegations against him. on thursday he released this video apology. >> i allowed the personal stress of the job to manifest itself in angry outbursts. and two often a failure to treat people with respect that they de served. that was wrong. clearly, it's not how i was raised. it's not who i am. and for that situation, i am profoundly sorry. >> the news of his decision to retire follows a cnn report wednesday about a former senior aide who claims the law maker made sexually graphic jokes and berated staffers. like all members of the house, his term ends every two years, so his plan to retire means he could remain in office until jn of 2019. >> that matters because we've heard from his former a male stafferer. that's where he said on an $84,000 taxpayer funded settlement related to sexual
harassment. if we hear from her. >> see if he lasts. >> exactly. that will be brutal optics. ahead, slower internet speeds and higher prices, how the fcc's fight to roll back net neutrality rules could affect your on line experience next. hand-pressed moroccan argan and camellia oils, garnier whole blends illuminating haircare indulges hair with moisture. for luminous shine. garnier whole blends argan & camellia oils. find every blend at walmart.
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internet service providers from deliberately slowing down or speeding up traffic from specific websites and apps. the rules also prevent internet providers from giving their own services an advantage over rivals. >> meantime the lawsuits. washington state attorney general also indicating he will sue. among opponents of the change, this tweet in from netflix saying they're disappointed in the decision that -- innovation, creativity and civic engagement. >> this from verizon. verizon fully supports the open internet and will continue to do so. repeal of the regulations does not take effect until next year. the issue may wind up being decided in court, congress could step in with a legislative
solution. president trump praising the $52.4 billion merger between disney and 21st century fox. white house press secretary sarah sanders confirming the president congratulated fox mogul rupert murdoch. vanity fair confirmed trump called to make sure they were not selling "fox news." they a it's a horizontal merger between too direct pete competitors, usually meaning job losses. in fact the companies say the merger saves $2 billion, but analysts expect most of those savings are going to come from layoffs. here's the other thing. administration es reaction is in stark contrast to the time warner deal. that is a vertical merger between two companies that do not compete. yet, the justice department recently moved to block the
deal. as for disney's deal, the deal with 21st century fox helps them transform into a streaming video giant to rival met flicks. it's now the majority owner of hulu and plans to launch its own service next year and will be pulling its content from netf x netflix. >> new york city police now investigating sexual misconduct and rape allegations against russell simmons. the nypd has not received a direct complaint against him but started this probe based on multiple accusations in the media. in a statement to cnn, simmons vehemently denies the allegations posting this photo with the comment today a begin to properly defend myself. i will prove outwithowithout an i'm innocent of all rape
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killed while battling a wildfire in california. cory iverson was part of a team taking on the fire. powerful winds continue to fuel the five which has searchcorche quarter million acres. oo he leaves behind his wife and 2-year-old daught every. the family expecting a second daughter. >> firefighters in california due to get a brief respite as winds die down temporarily. snow on the way for the northeast. meteorologist with the forecast. a brief respite. the winds coming down and back up. high fire risk continues for today relative humidity.
i think as we head into latter part of today on friday and early saturday will be okay. but then, new area of republican moves in and kick up the winds again 50 to 60 miles an hour winds. a few lake effect snow showers this morning. across the mid atlantic. as we head into the evening commute will result in perhaps one to two inches of snowfall. that goes up into boston as well. weekend forecast temperatures going in the other direction. if you like a warmup here. temperatures from 30's to 40's and down in atlanta as well. temperature pushing 60 degrees by sunday with partly cloudy skies perhaps a few after noon showers. >> tensions rising between the u.s. and russia. u.s. defend officials say two
american settle fighters intercepted two russian aircraft after they crossed the deacon flick shn line separating russian and u.s. led coalition aircraft. u.s. firing warning flares during "the intercept" after the russian planes crossed the lines. one said the encounter lasted several minutes. a military spokesman says the biggest worry is shooting down a russian plane. the whitehouse issuing a warning to teheran after there's proof they're arming the rebels in yemen. they called on the international community to build a coalition. standing before a display of weapons she said included pieces of a short range missile, kailing tkail calling it proof that iran has a pattern of defying the security
counsel. >> this evidence is part of what has led the u.s. intelligence committee to conclude unequivocally that these weapons were supplied by the iranian regi regime. the evidence is undeniable. the weapons might as well have had made in iran stickers all over it. >> haley claims the missile was made in iran and sent to the rebels in yemen who fired at a civilian afrpt in saudi arabia. iran's foreign minister rejecting the claims, tweeting two photos comparing it to colin powell's speech which claimed iraq was hiding weapons of mass de struck shn. let's get a cheng on cnn money treatment. global markets mostly lower. concerns over passing the tax bill. hopes for tax cuts sent stocks to record highs this year. senate republicans have got a thin majority with this
legislation and senator marco rubio said he may vote against the. we did see the dow snap a five-day winning streeng. mean time shares of disney and fox jump on the news. wal-mart is letting workers get paid whenever they want. the company announced a new instapay for hit 1.4 million workers, employees can access half the wages before pay day and they can with draw that pay whenever they want. instapay is part of a personal finance app called even which connects directly to a worker's account. wal-mart is footing the bill for the app. ticket sales strong with the last jedi "star wars," landing in theaters last night and ticket sales soaring to a near record for thursday alone. that's according to early estimates, making it the second best preview number behind the
previous "star wars" filmfilms. the it's on track for about $200 million. that will make it this strongest opening of the year. i can't say i'm going to stand in line for it. maybe go during the afternoon during the week. >> the last jedi, top trending story. i'm waiting for one week from today. >> really? >> i didn't think -- >> can't wait. >> i didn't think he was that kind of guy. >> i love that series of films. outstanding. >> thanks for joining us. have a great weekend. >> that's right you're not a pitch perfect fan? "new day" starts right there's strong support or we wouldn't be moving forward. >> it is like robbery. >> i think senator rubio will be there. >> they're going to pass it as quickly as they can. >> this debate is far from over.